A word of warning:
Years ago, I read that the average American
adult has 40 pounds of impacted material adhering to the
interior wall of the colon. This impaction is mainly the
result of wrong food choices, but it is aggravated by overuse
of antibiotics, chlorinated water, and a host of other factors
that impede digestion, peristalsis, and elimination. Add
to this the effects of pain relievers and we have a potentially
dangerous situation . . . but fortunately one that can generally
When discussing impaction in a course years
ago, a nurse raised her hand. She was agitated so I thought
that she perhaps had an entirely different perspective on
this problem; but she said she used to assist in autopsies
and had seen cases in which the impacted material exceeded
Colonic therapists have, of course, other
horror stories to tell; and patients who have fasted have
often been astonished by what continues to come out days
and weeks into the fast.
Impaction and Constipation
Some patients have told me
that they have not had a normal bowel movement in years.
Others, of course, are trying to address problems of the
colon through diet and coffee enemas, but I have a somewhat
different viewpoint than some of my colleagues.
Let me share a few stories.
A woman came up to me after a seminar and told me that since
was 18, she had not had a single normal bowel movement. I
suggested she eat at a local Indian restaurant that offered
monthly meal tickets. She phoned me to say that she had a
proper and perfectly natural "event" after the
very first meal. She continued to phone for several months
following this simple discovery and always reported that
the change of diet had made her completely free of the need
A practitioner related a somewhat
similar concern but in the context of infertility. Because
she was resistant to taking any pills, I suggested taking
cayenne in capsules, nothing more. She said she spent the
entire weekend at home and conceived a child a few days later.
Obviously, cayenne is not a fertility herb; but it is decongesting.
It would therefore seem that it removed the blockages that
had made conception impossible.
Dr. Christopher, who relied
very heavily on cayenne, told stories in his lectures about
people who had to start with mega amounts of colon stimulating
herbs. The recommended dose on the bottle might be 2-3 capsules
once or twice a day, but he told people to take as many capsules
as necessary to produce results. In one case, the patient
had to take 72 capsules. This sounds extreme, almost exaggerated,
but probably there was one account like this in his long
career. His formula is called Turkey Rhubarb and it is the
most aggressive of the bowel formulas that we carry.
Hulda Clark believes that cancer
patients tend to have a liver fluke. Someone who used to
be associated with her sent me photographs of flukes that
had burrowed through gall stones and seriously affected gastrointestinal
comfort and efficiency. A Russian, Dr. Tamara Lebedewa, delivered
a paper at a cancer conference in Stuttgart in which she
stated that all patients she studied had parasites, not Fasciolopsis
buskii but trichomonas. When consulting in Europe, we
found blood parasites in all cancer patients, many different
types. Since parasites can move, it is not clear whether,
as many suggest, they move in response to food or other factors.
It is also not certain that a blood
parasite would enter the intestines or that an intestinal
parasite would leave the gastrointestinal tract. In reading
some 3000 pages of professional opinion in parasitology books,
my opinion would be that there are many species with many
different behaviors. Moreover, some are so well adapted to
their chosen habitat that it takes real perseverance to rid
oneself of these epidemic infections.
Most of us accept that we are
occasionally infected by giardia or amoebic dysentery, but
few like to think of anything visible, but we see these creatures
in animals, often our own pets, and we cannot be certain
that what affects them is not also affecting humans. Finding
a laboratory to test for the presence of parasites is difficult.
You practically need to hunt down a specialist in tropical
medicine. In the meantime, it is a reasonable assumption
that parasites are present and
that a regime to rid oneself of them will produce positive
There are many specialists
in colon cleansing and many opinions, not all compatible
with one another. For example, Eastern medicine generally
does not see as much value in colonic therapy as Western
natural medicine, but this is a cornerstore of some healing
Given that my background is
mainly in Ayurveda, I tend to favor approaches that involve
normal actions: eating and digesting and eliminating. In
short, if the lower intestine can be induced to work properly
through use of spices and proper food and herbs, I would
not use enemas, colema boards, or colonics. However, if diet
and herbs fail, it is good to know that additional means
Years ago, Yerba Prima had
a product called Vivalo Cream. It was massaged into the abdomen
in the direction that food moves through the colon, i.e.,
up on the right through the ascending colon, then right to
left through the transverse colon, and then down on the left
where the descending colon is. Over a period of some weeks,
the oil in this product penetrated and moved through the
exterior wall of the colon and floated off impaction in a
way that restored elasticity to colon. In my estimation,
this reduced the risk of internal bleeding due to more forcible
removal of impacted material from a very dry and therefore
brittle colon. Yerba Prima stopped making the product. I
phoned them and they said I was practically their only customer.
I have to say, I never used the product myself, but patients
loved it. For years, I have contemplated developing something
like this to replace this cream.
I published my own formula
for colon cleansing in my book. It is mainly carminative
and just somewhat laxative. What this means is that the primary
function of the formula is to relieve gas and the secondary
effect is laxative. There are countless colon formulas on
the market and people have to find the product that works
best for them. Some formulas are almost completely laxative
in action and some are regenerating. To understand this better,
one can compare cascara sagrada and rhubarb to psyllium husks
and slippery elm to triphala, a blend of three tropical fruits
that is the mainstay of Ayurvedic medicine.
is considered to be a "rasayana" rather than
a laxative. It is important to understand the theory of
digestion according to Ayurveda because the entire system
of medicine is based on digestibility of foods and herbs.
The thumbnail sketch of this ancient system of healing
is that food that is assimilated in the stomach is used
to replenish the blood and lymph. We basically know this
because some foods go straight into the blood stream within
minutes of consumption. This, of course, includes alcohol
but also many other very easy to digest nutrients such
as our elixirs.
The reason is that the honey sticks to the stomach wall
and promotes rapid assimilation. Therefore, we can actually
see a difference in the blood in 20-30 minutes.
Food that is assimilated in
the small intestine is used to rebuild muscles and fat. In
a way, we know this also because we do not expect to gain
weight as fast as we become tipsy nor do we expect that eating
a few protein bars will give us an athletic edge over others.
We expect that it will take longer to develop muscle tone
or reduce fat.
Then, according to the pundits
of old, food that is digested in the colon is used to regenerate
the most precious as well as the least essential parts of
our bodies. For instance, hair and fingernails are less crucial
to survival than blood so they depend on less efficient mechanisms,
but if the colon walls are plastered with white sugar and
flour, the nutrients needed to rebuild these tissues will
Now, reflect for a moment on
some chemistry one never learned in school. We know, for
instance, that the bones can develop holes, osteoporosis,
but what happened to the minerals before the bone loss occurred?
They were probably raided by the blood to maintain a safe
pH balance in the presence of excess acidity, a condition
caused by dietary imbalance and perhaps also infection, including
In short, the blood, being
most vital to survival, has first dibs on instantly usable
nutrients, but you can actually examine the blood to see
whether the blood is nourished or depleted. If it is deficient,
you can also assume that it will raid to the extent necessary
to maintain life. This will cause loss in other parts so
it is not surprising that something like cancer could metastasize
to the bones . . . if the bones are weak.
It is so embarrassing to talk
about the colon that we fail to appreciate its worth. Now,
let's correct this issue, get rid of the awkwardness, and
start appreciating the fact that regeneration is impossible
without a properly functioning colon. As I started out by
saying, the colon is associated with a host of conditions
relating to aging, everything from short-term memory loss
to failing libido.
For those who have not studied
the wisdom of the East, it is nearly impossible to see the
relationship between something as commonplace as constipation
and senility, but centuries and centuries ago, Ayurvedic
physicians wrote that the power to renew is in the water
element. When there is putrefaction in the gastrointestinal
tract, the gas causes more than rumblings and noise; it causes
shooting pains, spasms, and dryness. This dryness attacks
moisture, making elimination more and more difficult, but
its havoc can also be seen in all forms of dryness from brittle
fingernails and hair to creaky joints to inability to lubricate.
Now, take a second look at
that long list of what is affected by assimilation in the
colon: hair and nails, bones, nerve sheaths and brain, and
ojas, a word that can only barely be explained but not translated.
This is a fluid in the body, said to exist in small quantities,
no more than would fit in the well in the palm of the hand,
that is crucial to regeneration. It is part of the reproductive
system and said to be conserved by celibacy but it can also
be renewed by deeply nutritious food that is oily, such as
sesame seeds and ghee. If a person has ojas, he has luster
and radiance, but without it, the skin looks dull and dry.
This is the quintessential clue to longevity and regeneration,
a secret of Eastern medicine and mysticism that is completely
neglected in the West
In concluding, I would simply
like to say that good digestion,
adequate intestinal flora,
and proper elimination are pivotal to good health. One can
eliminate disease but not recover from the ravages of ill
health unless nutrition and internal hygiene support this
regeneration. Whatever the colon product used to stimulate
peristalsis, my opinion is that at some point triphala would
be used to rejuvenate the lower intestine.
Most practitioners believe that triphala's scope of action
extends beyond the colon and includes other tubes and ducts.
They see triphala as a kind of roto-rooter that cleans arteries
and veins as well the bowel.
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